Winners of 2017 Information Literacy Award Announced
AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Libraries have announced the winners of the 2017 Signature Course Information Literacy Award. This award recognizes exemplary student work that achieves the learning outcomes of the Signature Course information literacy requirement. Three winners were chosen from 32 projects nominated by faculty.
Naoko Susan Ward and Larissa Liberty — majors in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering — won first place for their paper, “The Effects of Lead on the Growth of Helianthus Annuus,” submitted in Dr. Laura Gonzalez’s Fall 2016 Signature Course, “Scientific Inquiry: Innovation.” This project was chosen because of Susan and Larissa’s skilled use of outside sources to inform a laboratory experiment. Their literature review cited credible sources which they synthesized beautifully. As Dr. Gonzalez said, “I was amazed about their grasp of the topic and how well they used the literature to support their background information, methods and discussion.”
Stephanie Adeline — a Journalism major– received second place for her paper, “The Rise of Asian American Cinema,” written for Dr. Charlotte Canning and Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez’s Spring 2016 Signature Course, “Arts, Your Money, and the Nation.” This project was chosen because Stephanie made smart use of sources, and evolved her search technique as she worked on her paper and better understood the information she needed. Her way of connecting art and money necessitated a wide variety of sources. As her professors said “…[Stephanie’s] paper draws on comparative methodologies and makes use of media studies, cultural studies, Asian studies, international relations and history…[drawing on] an expansive body of work from scholarly books and journals…as well as extensive newspaper articles and the primary readings of the films themselves.”
Conrad Henry — a Mechanical Engineering major – received third place for his paper, “Biofuel: An Ethical Burnout,” written for Dr Camille Weinberg’s Fall 2016 Signature Course “Prehistory of Food.” This project was chosen because Conrad chose strong sources and did an excellent job synthesizing them into his argument about biofuel use. As Dr. Weinburg said “[Conrad] put substantial time into his research process, as he sought out a variety of appropriate types of sources ranging from books to dissertations to journal articles…this attention to detail and exhaustive effort during the research process is reflected in the way in which Conrad utilizes the sources within his essay…[he] is particularly skilled at integrating each source in a way that is natural and cohesive with his own writing.”
All three papers have been placed in the open access University of Texas Digital Repository.
The award, which includes a $400 prize for the first place winner and a $200 prize for the second place winner, is given annually to projects submitted in a Signature Course, and is judged by a panel consisting of librarians and members of the Undergraduate Studies staff.